McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History will present “Contemporary Art Production in the Land of the Living Gods,” a lecture by artist Maureen Drdak, on Tuesday September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge. The lecture, which is also sponsored by the McDaniel Art Club, Ars Nova, and by the College’s Department of Cross Cultural Studies and Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, is free and open to the public.
Maureen Drdak travels widely in pursuit of her visions; her research has taken her to Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Nepal and the Himalayas. Drdak’s work references universal paradigms of mythic archetypes, their capacity for cultural bridging, and their relevance in contemporary space--both ancient and contemporary forces converge in her monumental paintings.
A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with additional studies at Temple University and the Barnes Foundation, she is the recipient of numerous academic and private awards, including the 2011 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for Nepal, where she was Kathmandu Contemporary Art Centre’s Artist-in-Residence at the Patan Museum. She received support from H. F. Gerry Lenfest and Eugene V. Thaw for Lung-Ta, an interdisciplinary collaborative inspired by the Tibetan Kingdom of Lo in the Nepalese Himalayas; Lung-Ta premiered in Philadelphia in 2009, having its Midwest premiere at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel in the spring of 2012.
Drdak’s work is found in numerous public, private, and university collections within the US and abroad, including those of Shelley and Donald Rubin, Berthe and John Ford, Lynda and Stuart Resnick, the Emir and Sheikha Mozah of Qatar, Serindia Gallery in Bangkok, the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, and Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Solo exhibitions, museum and academic lecture venues by invitation include; the University of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Penn College of Technology, West Chester University, Temple University Center for the Humanities, Massachusetts College of Art, Rosemont College, Lehigh University, University of Nevada, Cal State University and the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, and the Asian Arts and Culture Center-Towson University. In Nepal venues include The Patan Museum, Siddhartha Art Gallery and the Kathmandu Contemporary Art Centre. For more information about the artist, please visit http://www.maureendrdak.com/
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